Interview with Margaret Graham, novelist and ‘Words for the Wounded’ founder

Regular readers of this blog will remember a notice late last year about the writing competition for the charity Words for the Wounded. Founder Margaret Graham is a well-known and very successful writer of contemporary fiction and historical sagas, and an excellent tutor of writing also. Margaret talked to allonymbooks author Flora Chase about her ongoing involvement with the charity and the wealth of activities she manages to cram in.

Flora Chase: Margaret, since we first met at a writing workshop almost ten years ago at the Winchester Writers’ Conference, the book world has changed enormously. As a well-established and successful novelist yourself, what changes have particularly stood out to you as significant?

Margaret Graham: The e world! It is so powerful and easy that ‘DIY ebooks’ are riding high. But how to attract readers? Talks for the Women’s Institute or U3A maybe, press releases too? But let’s look at the e world: blogs in particular but it’s the same problem, how to draw people to them? I have started a couple of blogs – one of my own, and one for my charity, Words for the Wounded (W4W), which helps in the rehabilitation of wounded service personnel. A daughter does W4W’s social media for me at the moment and uses facebook, twitter, linkedin to encourage people to find the blog, whilst I mailshot friends. But obviously I need to get a grip and do it all myself. Crikey. Continue reading

Words for the Wounded: Guest Post by Margaret Graham

This week’s blog is another guest post, this time by novelist and writing tutor Margaret Graham, on the charity Words for the Wounded 

Words for the Wounded seemed like a good idea at the time. Why not start a charity that raises money via writing competitions and donations for the rehabilitation of wounded troops? I’d done it before when I set up the Yeovil Literary Prize to raise funds for the arts in Somerset when the council withdrew funding.

So, I approached a couple of writing friends, Penny Deacon and Tracy Baines and an extreme sportsman, Matt Pain, who happens to be my son. They came on board.

Fairly tedious forms then had to be filled in and a specific charity bank account opened and then we started worrying about how to fund the prizes. Matt did the Lanzarotte Ironman and raised enough and Julian and Emma Fellowes agreed to be our first patrons. Dick Graham did a wonderful website out of the goodness of his heart, and we were off!

Soon we had a long list of patrons. Writers Forum agreed to publish the winners. RAF News showed interest and will also publish the winners. Hours and hours have been spent emailing endless writing groups, ex-pat magazines and Uncle Tom Continue reading